UN fails to pass resolution condemning Hamas: Israel Update

December 7, 2018

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Israel launched Operation Northern Shield early Tuesday morning, with the aim of destroying multiple Hezbollah terror tunnels. The operation follows a long period of observation, research and planning by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday there is "reasonable possibility we will have to operate in Lebanon" to uncover and destroy Hezbollah tunnels that cross the border into Israel. United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon have also confirmed the existence of these tunnels. 


A majority of UN member states voted in favor of a General Assembly resolution put forward by the US condemning the activities of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza. Unfortunately, while 87 voted in favor, 57 voted against, and 33 abstained. Thus the measure was not adopted because it required a two-thirds majority for passage. 


The UN General Assembly in New York approved six anti-Israel resolutions including two that ignored Jewish ties to Judaism's most holy site. The two resolutions spoke of The Temple Mount solely by its Muslim name of al-Haram al-Sharif. The European Union, which supported both texts, warned it could stop doing so unless more inclusive language was used.  


Ohio State University’s student government overwhelmingly rejected a BDS resolution calling on the school to separate itself from firms that do business with Israel. (However a boycott resolution was passed earlier this year.) Organizations such as Protect OSU and StandWithUs applauded the outcome, sharing this testimony against the resolution on Facebook. Additionally, a resolution to condemn the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and the increasing incidents of anti-Semitism has been adopted by the Ohio General Assembly. 


European Union nations have agreed to step up the fight against antisemitism and boost security to better protect Jewish communities and institutions across the continent. According to officials involved in formulating the declaration, the real reason for any opposition to the declaration was fear it would serve to stifle criticism of the State of Israel.



Shabbat Shalom,


Jackie Congedo, Director, JCRC


Shep Englander, CEO, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati


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